- to make answer in words or writing; answer; respond: to reply to a question.
- to respond by some action, performance, etc.: to reply to the enemy's fire.
- to return a sound; echo; resound.
- Law. to answer a defendant's plea.
- to return as an answer (usually used in a negative combination or followed by a clause with that): Not a syllable did he reply. He replied that no one would go.
- an answer or response in words or writing.
- a response made by some action, performance, etc.
Origin of reply
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Examples from the Web for replied
A few days later, Bush replied, “We will uphold the law in Florida.”Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
Hatuey replied that he would rather burn and be sent to hell than ever again encounter people as cruel as the Spanish.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Hitchcock nodded and replied, “Call it Prosciutto and change the locale to Italy.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Then, Gordon replied with, “Horrible behavior,” which was echoed by Pascal, who responded, “Actually despicable.”Exclusive: Sony Emails Slam Leonardo DiCaprio, Willow and Jaden Smith, Gush Over Ryan Gosling
December 13, 2014
Teague replied: “I have to allow an operator or plugger a way to appeal when he believes our requirements are unreasonable.”Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
"Men say it is not so grand as the statue of Zeus, that we have at Olympia," replied the boy.
"Unless it should be his gracious pleasure to dispense with obedience," replied Artaphernes.
"Dearest Philothea, I scarcely know his countenance," replied the maiden.
"Oh, blessed be the sound of your voice," replied the peasant.
"I am satisfied with the pursuit of wisdom, not with the fame of it," replied the sage.
- to make answer (to) in words or writing or by an action; respondhe replied with an unexpected move
- (tr; takes a clause as object) to say (something) in answerhe replied that he didn't want to come
- law to answer a defendant's plea
- to return (a sound); echo
- an answer made in words or writing or through an action; response
- the answer made by a plaintiff or petitioner to a defendant's case
Word Origin and History for replied
late 14c., "to make an answer," from Old French replier "to reply, turn back," from Late Latin replicare "to reply, repeat," in classical Latin "fold back, fold over, bend back," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). Latin literal sense of "to fold back" is attested from mid-15c. in English but is not now used. Modern French répliquer (Middle French replier) is directly from Late Latin. Related: Replied; replying.
1550s, from reply (v.).